And You Thought You Were Old: Greenland Sharks can Live to at Least 400 Years

August 19, 2016
A new study on the lifespan of the Greenland shark has established that this fish may be the longest-lived vertebrate on Earth. While marine biologists have long suspected that this species of shark had a long lifespan -- one individual,... continued

New Findings Overturn Long-Standing Theory on Human Migration into the Americas

August 18, 2016
First posited by the 16th century Spanish naturalist, José de Acosta, it has been a long-standing theory that the indigenous human populations in North and South America arrived there at the end of the last ice age, via the Bering... continued

Mind-Controlled Exoskeletons Help Paraplegics Regain Control of their Limbs

August 17, 2016
One of the more positive aspects of the development of brain-machine interfaces -- the technology of linking mind and mechanism -- is the promise of allowing paralyzed individuals to regain their mobility through controlling machines via their thoughts. While there... continued

Various Species’ Shared DNA may be the Key to Regenerating Lost Limbs

August 15, 2016
Earth is a treasure trove of biodiversity, with over 8.7 million known species alive today, and that only represents an estimated 20 percent of all of the existing species that currently exist. But despite the sheer diversity of lifeforms, be... continued

Massive Flooding along Gulf Coast

August 14, 2016
A flood of historic proportions could inundate parts of the Gulf Coast over the next 48 hours. The region has already received record amounts of rainfall, and flooding has killed at least one person and caused enormous amounts of damage... continued

This Week’s Astronomy News: The Stars are Dimming, The Sky is Falling, and Io’s Atmosphere is Collapsing

August 13, 2016
Last fall, researchers with the Kepler Planet Hunters program announced that one of the stars they were studying, KIC 8462852, was experiencing brief but dramatic dips in its brightness, leading to speculation that the effect might be caused by extraterrestrial... continued

Researchers Develop a Shape-Changing Liquid Metal

August 12, 2016
Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has developed a new method that can allow liquid metal to self-arrange its own shape, using external chemical inputs. The substance is made up of a highly-conductive liquid-metal core, surrounded by a film... continued

The St. Paul Island Mammoths Nearly Survived into the Bronze Age — But What Finally Drove Them into Extinction?

August 10, 2016
When we think of woolly mammoths, what typically comes to mind is the classic hairy pachyderm that inhabited what is now Siberia's tundra, megafauna that went extinct shortly after the end of the Pleistocene, nearly 12,000 years ago. But a... continued

Armageddon-Asteroid’s 2169 Impact Risk Isn’t as Dire as Many Fear

August 9, 2016
Discovered in September of 1999, asteroid 101955 Bennu is a 500-meter (1,640 foot) asteroid that crosses Earth's orbit once every six years. Because it has been observed for 17 years, astronomers have been able to plot its orbit very accurately,... continued

Have Archaeologists Unearthed the Birthplace of King Arthur?

August 6, 2016
Archaeologists digging in England's county of Cornwall have unearthed the largest collection of Dark Ages artifacts in Britain, including what appears to be a fifth or sixth century palace. While this news isn't necessarily that groundbreaking, the site, in the... continued